Overhaul, don't scrap, Bukit Panjang LRT

I have several points to make on why the Bukit Panjang LRT system should not be scrapped ("SMRT looking at options for Bukit Panjang LRT"; last Friday).

There is already quite heavy traffic flow along Bukit Panjang Road, Choa Chu Kang Road, Bukit Batok Road and Jurong Town Hall Road.

The LRT system carries passengers above ground. Removing it will definitely double the volume of traffic on the roads.

SMRT Trains managing director Lee Ling Wee has said that the 17-year-old system is near the end of its 20-year lifespan.

But surely the concrete pillars, rails and platforms are still strong and can last more than 20 years.

Revamps and repairs are the solution, rather than demolition.

Unless more and wider roads are built in Bukit Panjang and other neighbouring areas, scrapping the LRT system will result in more traffic jams and slower traffic.

Commuters will also have to take more time to connect to the main MRT lines for travel.

Bukit Panjang, Teck Whye and other neighbouring areas are burgeoning, with an increasing number of residents.

I am glad that the Land Transport Authority has said that replacing the light rail system with an all-bus option is not likely to be practical, given road capacity.

I hope this will be a major consideration in the final decision.

Tan Guan Seng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 11, 2016, with the headline 'Overhaul, don't scrap, Bukit Panjang LRT'. Print Edition | Subscribe